Fire Starters Blog

Boldness, clarity and wisdom for fundraising professionals

Say The Right Thing To Raise Money

Say The Right Thing To Raise Money

It’s time to get real. Do you feel like you know the exact next step to reach your fundraising goals?

You’re busy. I get it. You juggle more tasks than other departments or jobs at your organization. Much of what you do is invisible to others: update donor information, write grant proposals, do research on donors, schedule meetings, and, and, and. . .

Your Communication: Inviting or Just Noise?

Your Communication: Inviting or Just Noise?

In the winter (and this spring!) when it’s snowy and cold I walk at the mall near my home early in the morning. Yeah. I’ve become one of “those mall-walker” people.

I have plenty of time to think and since the stores are closed I notice things I don’t normally see.

Get The Most Out of Your Fundraising Event

Get The Most Out of Your Fundraising Event

If you’ve ever planned a fundraising event, you understand the months of planning and coordination that go into it. From securing sponsors to mobilizing volunteers, the process of executing a successful event can be all-consuming. With all of that hard work, you want to make sure that you get the most out of your event. Follow these tips to host a successful fundraising event.

Using the Tools of Improv to Raise More Money

Using the Tools of Improv to Raise More Money

At the 2018 AFP International Conference I have the honor of delivering a fun breakout session based on the business book Getting to “YES AND” The Art of Business Improv by Bob Kulhan.

My friend and colleague, Bill Dewan, Development Director at the Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity affiliate is the improv expert and my partner in crime for the session titled: YES. And…ASK. Using the Tools of Improv to Raise More Money.

Mission Moment Monday: Work That’s Difficult to Describe

Mission Moment Monday: Work That’s Difficult to Describe

Mission Moment Monday’s are created for you. It’s your chance to hear and experience the coaching of mission moment stories from all corners of the social sector. Gwen McCausland, Director of the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, is today’s guest storyteller. We worked on a sweet story about a volunteer that brings her agricultural heritage museum to life.

I’m Sorry for Your Pain

I’m Sorry for Your Pain

If you work at a non-profit organization you’ve likely experienced pain, frustration, and overwhelm. Sometimes on a daily basis.

I want you to know that I’m sorry for your pain.

Rather than tell you to “get over it,” I’m here to say I understand that your pain is real.